Room For Ten More

Celebrating alternative education
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 9:54 PM

Here’s a last minute offer for anyone who lives near Greenfield MA…

Are you interested in what to say to your kids about what is going on in the world? Are you wondering about how kids should be educated given what we know (and don’t know) about the future?

This weekend, on Sunday April 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I will be speaking at a fundraiser for a local education center that offers self-directed learning for teens. It’s not really a ‘school’ in the traditional sense of the word, as it operates just fundamentally differently from a typical school.

All three of my children have attended, and two are currently enrolled.

If you have any interest in the topic of education in this environment, or would like to see how one program is addressing the idea of doing things differently, then this is an opportunity to join in a conversation on the topic and meet kids and staff that are actively pioneering and practicing a novel approach to education.

Again, this is a fundraiser, so the purpose is to get donations for this very worthwhile program…

If you want to attend, please RSVP to me by PM and I will reserve you a spot (or two), there may be one or two spots left at my table. As of yesterday I was informed that ten seats in total remained open….


Sun, April 29, 11am – 1pm

Greenfield Community College, Greenfield MA (map)

The Brunch is North Star's major fundraiser of the year. Seating is assigned and limited, so please be sure you have a reservation. This year's self-directed achievement award recipient is Chris Martenson. Learn more about Chris at   Guests will be asked to make a meaningful donation.


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Arthur Robey
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Can't make it . Sorry.

You might be amused by this vintage Orlov.

The invisible hand of the free market, it turns out, is attached to an invisible idiot.

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Chris, if you prepared written remarks for this event, would you be willing to post them here? As a parent I'm interested in your message to this audience.

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Hi, Chris - I'll be there, but am already registered, so don't need one of your ten spots.  Very much looking forward to  it -- of course, because it is in support of this excellent school-that-isn't-a-school -- but also for the opportunity to meet you at least briefly, and see how you exercise triage in selecting the aspects of your message(s) in the limited time available in that setting.  This is, I confess, more than an idle curiosity, as I was myself the recipient of the North Star Self-Directed Learning Award in '09, and in my acceptance remarks made what turned out to be the most inarticulate public presentation of my life.  Various reasons, but prominently; I tried to say too much, in too little time.

As well, should there be the opportunity, I would welcome some brief conversation with you regarding the role that I see addiction playing in the crises playing out in the "Three Es" you discuss.  There is a central and compelling question that begs for our attention, and that is: Why, when we have people such as yourself making such lucid presentations of our predicament (a word I favor as well), do we fail to connect the dots, and take approppriate steps?  Jeremy Gratham, whom I also greatly admire, attributes this to "innumeracy" -- the arithmetic equivalent of illiteracy.  I believe it is rather more profound and, just possibly, more hopeful than that.  If you've five minutes to spare, this (below) will take you to the Prologue to my book-in-progress, titled Beginning With Fire.

There you will find a point of view that sees addiction as an honest mistake; "a likely outcome of the intersection of human nature and technology."

Enough.  Bedtime.  See you tomorrow.

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